Oh Ya’ll we hosted the most amazing party at our house a few weekends ago, it was so much fun & the birthday girl loved it. Mr. D’s Mom turned the big 6-0! We wanted to do something special for her, so we opted to throw a surprise party & create a western hoedown in the backyard. His Mom loves country, as do we, so we thought it would be the perfect combo. I began working on the details & all the decor months ahead of time, to ensure my OCD didn’t interfere and I could make it a magical day & awesome party. I’d like to believe not a detail was missed.
I had the amazingly talented Allison from Madison Design Studio create the invitation for me. I wanted a rustic, classy swing to a fun pink/brown Western theme, and she nailed it. We had the party catered by Naples Rib Co. & I made a few things myself. My friend Monick lent me her vintage bath tub which was filled with lots of ice (because it was of course like 90 degrees that day) and drinks.
I wanted to add a pop of gold, because I just love gold these days. I bought plain paper mache numbers from Hobby Lobby, sprayed them gold and topped them off with a fine gold glitter. The flowers I bought the day before from Costco and created my own arrangements in mason jars & old cowboy boots. I was able to find some fun rustic horse shoes, keys, and spurs from Hobby Lobby in the Western Section, on SALE of course! I have a forever growing collection of mason jars, but bought the gold lids on etsy. I added some fun paper straws and made my own flags, “60,” on one side and on the other, “celebrate kathi.”
Bandanas were a must, such a fun and inexpensive added decor. I used my amazing cricut machine to cut out “60’s” and “Happy Birthday Kathi,” in a gold glitter card stock paper. I made my own tissue pom poms and somehow managed to bunch them all up in a cluster on our patio cover.
I also used the bandanas to create a little utensil holder. I found a random video on you tube on how to fold them, I typed and printed out a fun little menu and added some jute twine to tie the napkins together. For the favors I wanted to keep it simple, yet stick with the western theme. I found small 5 x 7 paper bags, typed up a fun label, “Happy Trails,” because, of course there was a fun bag of trail mix inside! Yum! The mini plates, and striped napkins were for the cake table. The cake didn’t make it outside until the late evening, it would have melted away.
Oh, you better believe we had these massive hay bales we thought it would be fabulous and fun, BUT it was a big ole’ mess. These beasts were 4 feet by 2 feet and weighed about 50 lbs. each. We opted to have them delivered, I ordered 20! Whoops. We used them for seating, which I had purchased gingham fabric to add to the tops so tooshies weren’t poked too bad. With the rest we made a fun couch for people to take pictures on and just hang out. I wish I would have taken more pictures of the final hay bale set up, but these pictures will do. I love the cowboy boot filled with flowers, my absolute favorite decor from the day. I used burlap on a roll for the table runners, worked great and was so easy.
Lastly, we had a fun photo station. I thought it was a fun, personal touch. I bought this Instax camera, which is a polaroid. I asked the guests to take fun pictures and while they developed, to fill out these cards I created. They wrote letters to the Birthday girl, then peeled the tape and posted the pictures on top of the card. She absolutely LOVED it! And… the cake! Amazing! I had it made at Great Dane Bakery in Los Alamitos, it was delicious and matched the party perfectly! I found the candles at Target, and spray painted them to match the gold and added some glitter.
It was a memorable day for the Birthday Girl, and the best part was she was SHOCKED, SURPRISED & spend the evening with her closest friends and family.